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Croatia coach assured that 2022 World Cup is not the last tournament for Luka Modric



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At 37, Luka Modric continues to dictate the midfield and matches as he did ten years ago. The Croatian magician is ageing like wine, and has shown no signs of slowing down. However, as he gets closer to 40, there are only so many games he can play.

For his players his age, it usually means retirement from international football. And while many presumed that this 2022 World Cup would be the last for Modric, the Croatian coach has assured fans that he expects the captain to continue after this as well.

“I’m sure this World Cup is not Luka Modrić’s last tournament with Croatia. He’s our captain and leader. He’s here to stay,” Zlatko Dalic said, as quoted by AS (h/t MadridXtra).

While Dalic does not specify if Modric will play another World Cup, he is likely talking about the 2024 European Championship in Germany. Modric will be 38 by the time that tournament kicks off, and could, in theory, still be a part of this Croatian side.

He is already a subject of an extension from Real Madrid, with the Galacticos ready to offer another one-year deal after his contract clocks up next summer.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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